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History of Modern Political Philosophy


Admission requirements

A sound understanding of the philosophy of the Enlightenment (ideally from the course: History of Modern Philosophy).
A good understanding of English (for lectures and texts).


An introduction to the key problems of modern Political Philosophy focusing on the foundations of modern Liberalism in the Enlightenment contract theories of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


Zie Rooster BA Wijsbegeerte 2010-2011

Mode of instruction

Lectures (hoorcollege) with some time left over for discussion.

Assessment method

  • Regular assignments (10%)

  • Mid-semester take-home exam (40%)

  • Final take-home exam (50%)


Weekly use for announcements, assignments, course documents (lecture notes, overheads etc.), exams and course information

Reading list

  • Hobbes’s Leviathan (CUP 1991. ISBN 0521567971);

  • Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (CUP, 1988. ISBN 0 521 35730 6)

  • Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and excerpts from The Social Contract, both in: Basic Political Writings (tr. Cress, Hackett 1988. ISBN 0 87220 047 7)


Please register for this course on uSis. See registration procedure

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Contact information

Dr. H.W. Siemens


Lectures will be in English, although Dutch can be used for exams and contributions in class.